About Baardskeerdersbos Art Route

The artist's village of Baardskeerdersbos, more commonly known to locals simply as Bbos, lies on a dirt road somewhere between Stanford and Wolvengat.

Did you know? Rural farm village Baardskeerdersbos might be, but the sophisticated artist line-up is an exhilirating way to spend a weekend.

Most commonly Baardskeerdersbos is accessed via the road that takes you past Grootbos Nature Reserve and Platbos Forest.

There is talk of a tarred road through the village soon, and whilst one or two villagers are vehemently opposed, desperate to keep the village's anonymity, others want it tarred for the very reason that it will bring more visitors and increase the chances of eeking out a livelihood in the country.

The little village has attracted a collection of artists at least 12 of them, in fact. Since 2008 the group have opened their homes and their hearts three times a year to introduce people to the local painters, photographers, sculptors, printmakers and ceramicists. Artist Nil Jonker has added bread making courses to the mix, to give the art route an extra bit of flavour.

The Baardskeerdersbos Art Route is a huge success. Every artist has a story to tell; wine, tea, coffee, snacks, veggie meals to share, and of course, their art, which graces the walls of their homes tells a story of its own it's a personal glimpse at how a bunch of unpretentious, yet successful rural artists live.

Artists include Joshua Miles, Andre Bonthuys, Philip John, Nil Jonker, Amanda Jephson and Nikki Miles, and of course a guest artist or two. The fynbos scenery alone will have you drooling and yearning to swop the city life for that of a simple village.

Stay in the villages of Stanford, Baardskeerdersbos or Gansbaai, and make sure you take in Platbos Forest en route.

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WhereBaardskeerdersbos Art Route, Baardskeerdersbos, Cape Overberg, Western Cape, South Africa

WhenPlease enquire with the artists.

OvernightStay in Baardskeerdersbos Accommodation, Western Cape

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